Welcome from the President

Dear Friends of Ferrum College,

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Welcome to 2014 and the continuing celebration of our Centennial!
Last year saw the beginning of months of celebratory events honoring founders, friends, and alumni. This year promises to be even more exciting as we continue the momentum of our Centennial Campaign. Our 100th anniversary celebrations on campus and beyond will culminate with the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10. The many and varied events that will focus on a successful conclusion to the Centennial Campaign will continue until we reach and surpass our goal of $25 million to ensure a good foundation for the next century.

Ferrum faculty, staff, and students began the spring semester learning the terrific news that a number of the College’s original buildings—John Wesley Hall, Beckham Hall, Schoolfield Hall, Roberts Hall, Britt Hall, and Richeson Hall—now constitute the Ferrum College Historic District as officially listed on the National Register. Kim Blair and her Institutional Advancement team were instrumental in securing this coveted designation.

Our centennial reflections remain focused on Ferrum’s evolutionary progress over the last 100 years. Beginning with the tenacity of a small group of Methodist women who were determined to bring the benefits of education to underserved mountain youth, and continuing over the ensuing decades as the Ferrum story unfolded, the Ferrum College of today is an institution poised to begin its next 100 years with the same vision and verve as our founders.

We anticipate the next 100 years in much the same way as we marveled at the accomplishments of the last century—with faith, wonder, and optimism. We are blessed by steadfast and generous donors; supportive alumni; past and present Trustees who selflessly share with us their time, talent, and treasure; and our incredibly dedicated faculty and staff. The students who choose Ferrum are entrusted to us for some of the most important and formative years of their lives. It is our privilege to provide them with the best learning experience and living environment possible within our resources and ability to do so.

As we give thanks to the Lord for where we are today, and seek from Him the wisdom and courage to make the most of our future opportunities and challenges, we also thank you, our faithful friends. Our success and longevity are a testament to our powerful mission, our commitment to student success, and our enduring connection to Methodism. We are grateful to you all.

Sincerely yours,

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Jennifer L. Braaten

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